Although the Pakistani authorities have registered two FIRs against Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operatives for being involved in the November 26, 2008 attacks in Mumbai, its Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has come up with a list of 30 queries — which HT has access to — for India. (to see the list go to graphics linked with the story)
Indian security experts, however, questioned the results of the FIA investigation, even raising doubts over the existence of Hamid Sadiq, described by the FIA as the key conspirator.
G Parthasarthy, former Indian high commissioner to Pakistan, said: “Hamid Sadiq is someone whom nobody has ever heard about. It is just another ploy”. Parthasarthy was referring to the inaction on Pakistan’s part after the 2001 Parliament attack.
B Raman, a former Research and Analysis Wing analyst and a counter-terrorism expert, said Pakistan did not have any evidence against people like Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Zarar Shah or Hafiz Saeed and is keeping the escape route open for them.
“It is a deliberate modus operandi used to protect the Shura (the council of top functionaries) of the LeT.”